“Don’t let them see your weakness.”
Do you ever feel that you have to keep up the facade of being perfect? That you will be failing those around you if “they” were to find out you have flaws? Or that you would be giving a bad testimony to God if “they” knew you better?
I confess to struggling with this. I pray with a woman at work and find that while it is easy for me to share requests such as asking for healing for my dad or money to allow me to go on an Israel trip, it is much harder to ask for prayer for the deeper matters of my heart, where my real struggles are.
Why do I feel this need to be perfect? To be strong and capable of handling anything that comes my way?
This isn’t the way God wants us to be. He told us in the book of James that we should carry each other’s burdens. And tells us in Proverbs that He hates pride. And in so many places that He is near to the one who has a humble and contrite heart.
I need to put down my mask; be vulnerable and allow those around me to see how faithful God is for choosing to work in such a broken vessel.
The best part of this? When I am weak, He is strong. Every. Single. Time.
Sweet on You
by Becky Wade
Series: Bradford Sisters Romance #3
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date April 30, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: Washington Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Britt Bradford and Zander Ford have been the best of friends since they met thirteen years ago. Unbeknown to Britt, Zander has been in love with her for just as long.
Independent and adventurous Britt channels her talent into creating chocolates at her hometown shop. Zander is a bestselling author who's spent the past 18 months traveling the world. He's achieved a great deal but still lacks the only thing that ever truly mattered to him--Britt's heart.
When Zander's uncle dies of mysterious causes, he returns to Merryweather, Washington, to investigate, and Britt is immediately there to help. Although this throws them into close proximity, both understand that an attempt at romance could jeopardize their once-in-a-lifetime friendship. But while Britt is determined to resist any change in their relationship, Zander finds it increasingly difficult to keep his feelings hidden.
As they work together to uncover his uncle's tangled past, will the truth of what lies between them also, finally, come to light?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Then Came You (Bradford Sisters Romance #0.5), Falling for You
Britt felt guilty for being the only Bradford sister whose mom was still around. So she determined that she would not be a burden or a problem or allow herself to be vulnerable. Instead, she focused her attention on being the ideal sister and kept everything bottled up inside.
As a result of an unstable childhood, Zander is a little quirky. Among other things, he
- Can’t set a timer for an odd number of minutes
- Closes any door, cupboard, or drawer that has been left open
- Can’t stand to see someone load the dishwasher the wrong way – and has been known to reload those belonging to other people
I don’t often think of heroes as favorites. Despite the fact they are fictional, I’m not in the market for a book boyfriend – my husband is enough. :-) Yet with Zander, it is difficult to not admire him. His deep love for Britt which has stood the test of time (thirteen years!) is heart-rendingly sweet. He is so patient with her, despite sometimes getting mad and yelling at her. One of the women in the book describes him to be like a Dickens orphan – brooding and beautiful. While the entire story is exceptionally wonderful, the way Zander responded when Britt finally broke and had a panic attack . . . Ooh!
Sweet on You is an amazing, delightful story which touched my heart deeply. From Zander’s long-suffering love to Britt’s pain that she has bottled up. . . Add to these heart issues the mystery surrounding Zander’s uncle and the secrets and danger they uncover and you have the recipe for an incredible book!
I loved all the fun metaphors sprinkled throughout and the sometimes quirky characters. It is the perfect blend of romance and adventure and humor and even has police action requiring a SWAT team!
Be forewarned, though. Britt is a chocolatier. Be prepared to read lovely descriptions of chocolate making, chocolate flavors, and more delicious chocolate! I recommend having some on hand – preferably the decadent kind.
Instead of listening to me ramble on about this delicious treat, hurry and get a copy so you can see what I’m raving about! (If you haven’t read the other books in the series, you might want to start with the prequel and read them all. Sweet on You can stand alone but it does build on the others. You won’t regret reading them all!)
Becky's Sweet on You Pinterest Board(click here to go directly to the board on Pinterest) [gs_pinterest user="beckywadewriter" board="sweet-on-you"]
Other Books in the Series:
One winner will receive:
- Tote bag highlighting Britt’s chocolate shop, Sweet Art
- Paperback copy of Sweet on You
- $100 Visa gift card
- 1 pound box of See’s chocolate truffles
- Set of chocolate scented soap
- Box of colored pencils
- “Tattoo” coloring book
Enter on Becky’s website HERE
Drawing ends June 4, 2019